Nebraska’s Department of Motor Vehicles has agreed to share its state driver’s license records with the U.S. Census Bureau, the bureau and the state’s DMV said Wednesday.
The confirmation makes Nebraska the first state to cooperate with the Trump administration’s efforts to produce data about the U.S. citizenship status of every person living in the country. So far, no other state has signed a similar agreement with the Census Bureau, Michael Cook, a spokesperson for the bureau, tells NPR.
The bureau has been trying to compile records from states to comply with President Trump’s executive order requiring it to use state and federal records to generate the information. The order — which basically repackages an earlier directive by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the bureau — was issued after federal courts blocked the administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census forms.